Lisa Glass


Lisa Glass joined the research group in September 2017. As a PhD student at Leuphana University, she investigates the role of governance at different levels for achieving sustainable development, particularly in the context of the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Lisa holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from Freie Universität Berlin and a Bachelor’s degree in International Management from Reutlingen University and Universidad de las Américas Puebla (UDLAP), Mexico.

Lisa is a research fellow of the Earth System Governance Project.


2017 – now: Ph.D. Scholar, Leuphana Unitversity Lüneburg
Dissertation (provisional title): Governance for Sustainable Development: Assessing Architecture and Agency in the Context of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs

2018 –  2022: Startup Ecosystem Manager, PwC’s NextLevel, PricewaterhouseCoopers GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft, Hamburg

2017 –  2018: Digital Transformation & Start-ups, PricewaterhouseCoopers GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft, Hamburg

2015 – 2016: United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), New York

2013 – 2015: Master of Arts in International Relations
Study Focus: Global Studies (Grade: 1,2)
Freie Universität Berlin
Thesis: The Predictive Power of “Twiplomacy”: Do World Leaders’ Connections on Twitter Predict International Cooperation? (Grade: 1,3)
Graduated top of class

2008 – 2012: Bachelor of Science in International Management
IPBS Doppeldiplom (Grade: 1,3)
ESB Business School, Reutlingen University
Licenciatura de Administración de Negocios Internacionales
Universidad de las Américas Puebla (Mexiko)
Thesis: The Impact of NAFTA on Mexico’s Economic Performance and its Social and Environmental Progress (Grade: 1,0)



Kotzé, L., Kim, R., Burdon, P., Du Toit, L., Glass, L.-M., Kashwan, P., . . . Calzadilla, P. (2022). Planetary Integrity. In F. Biermann, T. Hickmann, & C. Sénit (Eds.), The Political Impact of the Sustainable Development Goals: Transforming Governance Through Global Goals? (pp. 140-171). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press [free open access content]. 


Coenen, J., Glass, L.-M., Sanderink, L. (2021). Two degrees and the SDGs: a network analysis of the interlinkages between transnational climate actions and the Sustainable Development Goals. Sustainability Science [free open access content].


Glass, L.-M., & Newig, J. (2019). Governance for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals: How important are participation, policy coherence, reflexivity, adaptation and democratic institutions? Earth System Governance, 2, 100031 [free open access content].